Health Issues to Watch for in Senior Dogs

Look for limping, difficulty standing or duller response to stimuli that could indicate painful arthritis.


Unplanned weight and appetite changes warrant a vet visit to test for cancer. Early detection is key.


Increased thirst and changes in elimination habits can signal declining kidney function.

Kidney Disease

Bad breath and trouble eating are signs of infected teeth and gums needing veterinary attention.

 Dental Disease

Urine leakage typically occurs during sleep and indicates loss of bladder control. Diapers can help


Disorientation, anxiety and house soiling point to cognitive decline. Discuss medication options.

Cognitive Dysfunction   

Adapt homes with ramps, lighting and quiet footfalls to help impaired senior dogs navigate comfortably.


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